Here is a full-color, heavily illustrated exploration of the largest terrestrial carnivore in North America--the fearsome, misunderstood, and threatened Grizzly. THE GRIZZLY ALMANAC is a close-up look at the animal known to biologists as Ursus arctos horribilis, the “horrible northern bear.” A powerful symbol of wilderness, the grizzly was once widespread, from Alaska to Mexico. Today, 99 percent of its population in the lower forty-eight states is gone, due to habitat loss, hunting, and predator control programs based more on emotion than fact. This comprehensive volume looks at the natural and cultural history of the grizzly, with vital information on its evolution, habitat, range, behavior, life history, its place in native folklore, and its decline at the hands of humankind. The almanac also covers the emotion-charged topic of grizzly attacks, with practical information for those who seek to share the dwindling domain of the last of the great predators.